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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Jun 16, 2010 6:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-15-time is short

That seems reasonable of them. I personally download torrents of shows in attempts to get the complete recordings from particular years that I like (e.g. 68, 70, 74, 77) but this has never stopped me from purchasing GD releases. I doubt that enough dead heads are savvy enough or willing to do the torrent thing, especially since it frequently involves leaving your computer on for days at a time while a 16GB chunk of a 19xx project slowly leaks into your computer.

I personally think it's a shame that more people don't buy the releases because they already have the tapes, but I think it's equally a shame what's happening to the releases (i.e. incomplete shows, mixed-up track selections). It'd be nice if they had some system of polling deadheads - wouldn't it make the most sense to release the thing most people want rather than whatever suits their collective fancy?

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jun 16, 2010 7:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 5-15-time is short

I guess i'm on both sides of this fence.

PG makes a pretty darn good case and I respect his ability to hold off buying certain releases that are very tempting. But when I decide whether to purchase an official release one of the things I look into is how much effort the powers that be have put into making that release worth having over just a copy I could acquire w/a little effort and know-how for free.

Specifically--does the release have superior sound to what I could DL or access from someone who has? (It should). Are there compelling liner notes to explain to me why this is such a special show? (something sorely lacking in most Dix Pix releases, which annoyed me no end)...is the package itself durable, is the artwork interesting (good work on that on the Road Trips releases)....

In other words, if the merchandising folks can show me that THEY have put some effort into getting my business, I'm willing to fork over some bucks. If not, I'll make an effort to get the show some other way, b/c as PG said, I've also put a LOT of money and time into supporting the band over the years, and I am part of what made them successful, whether Bobby wants to admit it or not.